Social Networking Ethics

Social Networking Ethics

Patient privacy is an area in which medical professionals are obligated to protect. It is vital to any health care organization that the patient’s private information is safe and secure. Patients trust health care organizations with some of their most private information and have confidence in the organization that their information will not be shared with other individuals or organizations. Health care professionals are trained to handle the information and protect each individual patient that they assist. With the creation of such social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter, health care professionals are starting to discuss work related issues on the internet. This is one area that is starting to become more of a problem than most people realized. Social networking sites are a way for individuals to connect all over the world and almost anyone can have access to the information that is shared on social networking profiles.

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Most everyone in the United States are using social networking sites to reach out to family, friends, co-workers, and other professionals. These social networking sites have grown to be a part of our daily lives and we are using them for work and personal gains. Medical professionals and students are starting to use these social networking sites to post pictures and statuses of their everyday life. These pictures and statuses are on their personal profiles, but can contain information from other people’s life. Many students feel they are entitled to post what they wish on their personal profiles, maintaining that the information is in fact personal and not subject to the same policies and guidelines that govern their professional behavior on campus (Park, 2009). This is becoming more of an issue since medical professionals and students are posting information or pictures from patients they are assisting.

At UCLA, Dr. Parker has assigned a task force, which includes students, to devise guidelines that students can follow when making decisions about what to post and what to keep to themselves. “It’s going to be difficult,” he says. “Most students want us to provide them with education and guidelines, but not policies. It is a different culture; we always say we have to be culture-sensitive to our patients, but we have to be culture-sensitive to our students as well” (Park, 2009). This is a key element in how the future of our nation will be. We will have to adapt to social networking sites and how we interact with other individuals. While social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have bad reputations from some people, it also is there to reach more individuals in a shorter amount of time. Doctors are able to reach out to other doctors from around the world in a matter of seconds. This allows health care professionals to ask questions or get advice from other professionals when they need it the most.

While we adapt to these social networking sites, we also have to be aware of any ethical and legal issues that may arise. It is vital that professionals do not use any of the patient’s personal information or photographs of their face if they do post anything on Facebook or Twitter. If they are reaching out to ask advice or post a picture, they can do so without causing any damage to the patient. Health care professionals have to be aware of the state and federal laws that they could break if they post information about the patient such as name, social security number, address, test results, and etc. Social networking sites can help health care professionals, but it is imperative that the patient’s well-being and trust are honored first. Health care professionals have to respect each patient’s personal information and ensure that they are not posting information related to the patient.

It is essential that supervisors and managers explain the importance of protecting the patient’s personal information. Managers should have meetings with the employees and explain to them how to be professional on social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter. It is vital that each employee understands the significance of the repercussions of their acts if they post patient’s personal information on these social networking sites. Managers should go over the ethical issues that can arise if the professional does post inappropriate information. Managers should also go over the state and federal laws that they must uphold to each patient. Patients can sue the organization and the employee if their information gets posted to social networking sites. There can be many other legal issues that can arise if the organization does not control what is posted on their employee’s social networking profile.

One major solution that can keep health care organizations on top of what their health care professionals post on social networking sites is to have access to their social networking profile. They should be able to see what each employee of the organization posts each day and have it where it is mandatory that each employee allow the organization to see their profile. This can entail having the organization have its own profile page that employees can be friends with. This is a way where the organization can see the employee’s personal page, without violating any of the personal privacy. There should also be rules and regulations that each employee must uphold if the employee chooses to have a social networking profile. It is vital to the organization that each employee that is among the organization understands how to properly use social networking sites.

Health care organizations have to adapt to the changes of the way individuals are interacting with each other. Social networking sites have become a part of everyone’s daily lives and it has raised more challenges for health care organizations to monitor. Health care professionals and students are using the social networking sites to talk about professional information to other individuals. This can be done without causing any problems for the health care organizations or its employees if the social networking sites are monitored and each individual employee knows how to properly use them. It is up to the managers of the health care organizations to explain and set forth rules and regulations when using these social networking sites. These social networking sites can help employees discuss research and other various situations in the health care industry, but it is imperative that they use their best judgment and protect the patient’s personal information when doing so.

Citations:
  • (Park, 2009)

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Groupon Moving Mobile

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Groupon Moving Mobile

Groupon has already changed the way many people shop, eat and buy stuff, now they are trying to do it again. Likely this latest move is in response to the abundance of competition popping up from everywhere, most notably from Microsoft which recently launched Bing Deals. Bing Deals is like an online coupon aggregator. It will search the web for the best daily deals being offered by any coupon service, which definitely gives it a leg up on the services which handle only their own daily deal.

The new Groupon Now mobile app will make finding coupons much easier. Users will be presented with two options: “I’m hungry” or “I’m bored.”

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Pick one, click it and a list of location-based daily deals will be presented to you. Coupons will still look the same way, but will be more than one-time only deals. Businesses who use Groupon will be able to set a deal, say a $20 meal for just $10, then set the time they want the coupon offer to run. This is fantastic news for businesses hoping to make the most of immediate offers. The service is very adaptable to their needs. If the local Mexican restaurant has a special tonight because they ordered too many taco shells, they can send that out immediately on Groupon Now.

Mashable.com says that Groupon is the fastest growing company in history. This is due in no small part to the fact their service is just what the savvy buying public wants. It seems everyone is online looking for a good deal. Groupon was the first to start giving it to them. LivingSocial is their biggest competitor so far. It already has a mobile app with a similar on-demand slant than the forthcoming Groupon Now.

Microsoft’s Bing Deals is also mobile, so it will likely drive at least some of the traffic the two major players will be receiving.

The idea of Groupon Now hardly seems ground breaking. Giving people what they want when they are looking for it has always been good business. In today’s digital world, with on demand technology and portable devices in every pocket, handbag and backpack, it would seem like an easy enough thing to do. Groupon is getting redding for its IPOn which they say is valued at $25 billion. No doubt Groupon Now will make them even more valuable.

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Is your cell phone killing you?

For decades now scientists have been debating whether the radiation emitted from cell phones is causing permanent damage to the brains of people who use them. A new government funded study by the National Institutes of Health seems to suggest it is doing something, but scientists are not quite certain what that is.

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Let’s be clear: according to researchers the electromagnetic radiation produced by a cell phones affects glucose metabolism. When glucose metabolism inside your brain goes up, cells get activated. The complete study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association and includes the caveat that while they know something is happening inside the brain, they don’t know what. The researchers said the cell phone need to be bombarding the brain for at least 50 minutes before any increase in brain activity was noted.

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Maybe it is activating extra sensory perception, maybe it is burning calories, maybe it is doing nothing at all. They have no idea.

Like all scientific research which determines something is going on but does not reveal what exactly that is (like, say, global warming) they recommend more research be conducted.

In May 2010 the Interphone project by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the largest study of cell phone use and brain tumors ever conducted found that “no increase in risk was observed with the use of mobile phones.” The agency studied the effects of cell phone use of dozens of subjects over a ten year period. That is a substantial test group.

The latest research also tested dozens of subjects, 47 otherwise healthy adults to be precise. They tested brain levels when the cell phone was turned off and compared these with results when the phone was turned on. The study showed “significantly higher” brain activity in the area closest to where the antenna was located on the phone.

The brain is a sensitive electromagnetic instrument all by itself. It probably doesn’t need to be further stimulated by an outside device. But researchers can not say with any degree of certainty that the effects of 50 minutes of cell phone use will harm the brain of a healthy adult. They cannot say the same for adults with brains that have suffered some sort of previous damage or the brains of children, with thinner skull structures than their adult counterparts.

This is not the first time research has shown cell phone use could pose a hazard. Again and again some researchers have claimed that the electromagnetic emissions of cells phone could cause bran cancer or strokes or something, though no one has yet produced one shred of evidence to prove these claims.

Today, there are more than 300 million cell phones in use in the United States alone and almost 1 billion in use around the world. With that type of wide spread use it would seem if there was any type of negative effect it would hardly take a team of researchers and a group of 47 healthy adults talking on their phones for 50 minutes to prove it.

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Mobile Phones In The Car- Distraction Or Okay?

The mobile phone usage in the car debate is one that has been talked about for years and there are already a lot of countries including UK, China, Poland, Australia and Brazil that have already said yes to ban the use of mobile phones in the car.

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The main country that is yet to say yes on a whole is the USA and this currently is put down to the individual states voting independently to make a decision. States like Alabama, Idaho and Delaware are all still saying no to a ban whereas other states like California, Washington and New Jersey have already banned the use of a mobile phone. There are states like Florida and Ohio that are only working on partial bans and there is still a lot of confusion around what is going on.

Mobile Phones In The Car

With all of this in mind let’s take a look at some of the positives and negatives of using the mobile phone in the car.

The Argument for Mobile Phones

When you sit down and think of positives of using your mobile phone in the car there aren’t many reasons that tend to pop up. Answering a phone call you can do once pulled over or hooked up to hands free, checking Twitter and other social networks can be done when you are pulled over or better yet when you have arrived at your destination and answering a text takes both eyes from the front of the car for a long period of time, is this really a good idea?

The other side of the argument is that talking or texting on a mobile phone is really no different to changing a radio station, eating or drinking and even telling the kids to quiet down in the back and these are not going to be banned anytime soon. Whilst these are not going to be banned they are still frowned upon as you have to take concentration from driving to carry the tasks out!

The only time it might be a good idea to us you’re mobile without hands free is perhaps if you are stuck in traffic or calling the emergency services. If you are not moving when stuck in traffic then you cannot really do anything wrong when using mobile phones in the car.

If you are constantly talking on your mobile phone when driving about what is the reason why you have not purchased one of the best mobile phone accessories out there, the hands free kit? Even if your state or country says it is fine to use your phone when driving your concentration and judgment skills are going to be down and your reaction times are around 50% slower which could result in an accident, just buy a kit and be safe or be even safer and turn the thing off when you are driving!

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Keeping Children Safe

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Keeping Children Safe

Many times you find yourself receiving cell phone calls from numbers that are not familiar. Sometimes you will call the number back to find out who it was or you may even just hit the delete button. As adults, you can choose whether to take a call or not. Adolescents and small children will always call that number out of curiosity. A problem arises when the owner of the number is not genuine.

The list of sex offenders in the United States has risen to dangerously high proportions. Children can come into contact with a stranger long enough to obtain a cell phone number while in the presence of an adult. Most predators are sly in their manner of attracting young people while distracting their parents. If you have ever wondered who your child is calling or found a cell number with no name on their phone, you may need to take action.

Protecting someone can easily be done by visiting a website called www.PhoneDetective.com. You can enter the number and soon find out who is calling. A name, address, and other records can be obtained without difficulty. When children are involved, it is important to check criminal records for any felonies or other dangerous convictions. One can also locate information as to whether the individual in question is on the sex offender’s list. If your young person has been approached by a dangerous individual, you have the information required by law enforcement to make an arrest.

Sexual predators will seek out their victims, sometimes getting to know them better before actually committing a crime. Contact via cell phone is very easy with today’s technological capability. Utilizing www.PhoneDetective.com allows information to be obtained and safety to be addressed instantly. Parents now have the capacity to insure their child’s protection by simply typing in a number.

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Cell Phone Keypads Disappearing

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Cell Phone Keypads Disappearing

At a recent CTIA Wireless trade show and at trade shows across America, more and more new cell phone models are replacing the numeric keypad for a full keyword. This is a welcome sign for those that like to text and like to use a full type-writer style keyboard when texting. Another popular input device is the touch screen made popular by the Apple iPhone. The industry is adapting to the large volume of text messages being sent which increased three times to 1 trillion in 2008 compared to 2007. During this same period of time the number of calls made only increased by 5%.

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International Users

Two manufacturers are coming out with new designs that do feature the numeric keypad, Nokia and Sony Ericson. From reports by international users, only North American consumers favor the full type-writer keyboard while other countries have adapted to the numeric keypad for their texting. Since Nokia and Sony Ericson are more popular abroad and have smaller market share in America, it makes sense for them to continue developing these types of devices.

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